By Heather Nichols, Tawfik Zone Contributor
So they just announced the nominations to the 72nd Golden Globes, a show I look forward to more than the Oscars because for one it’s usually better organized and hosted, it honors television in addition to film and the categories feel more balanced with dramas and comedies competing separately from one another. While I haven’t seen all the films and shows mentioned I’d like to weigh in on those I have seen and those that were left out, I’m pointing and laughing at you Interstellar. More on that later…
I really need to get out there and see more dramas, unfortunately the nearby theater rotates the ones I want to see on weeks where I can’t get to go; so unfortunately I’ve got some catching up to do before I can comment.
However the category for Comedy or Musical is looking like a good race. While I missed Birdman while it was playing, a number of colleagues have seen it and loved it. While the general public has yet to see Into the Woods, it’s already receiving critical acclaim and with a plethora of star power I greatly look forward to this one.
I was also happy to see the Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel (which I reviewed earlier in the year) get a nomination. Anderson is known for making a very specialized kind of world with quirky characters, vivid colors and quick and witty dialogue. I think Budapest is his best work to date and this black comedy could take home a few wins. Especially for Ralph Fiennes who absolutely kills the role. Much as I love the other actors in the category I really think he’ll clean house the way Christoph Waltz did when he played Dr. King Shultz in Django Unchained.
Speaking of, he is also nominated for Big Eyes… but the film has yet to be released but I know it’s a Tim Burton project that does not involve Johnny Depp so I look forward to it. Not that I don’t like Depp, I just feel it’s time he and Burton spend a little time apart… just see Frankenwenie where every clay-made character bears resemblance to the actor…
The animation category is really down to The Lego Movie and Big Hero 6. While I see Disney bringing it home simply because of the name and how the film is fresher in people’s minds, The Lego Movie did something really fantastic so I’m hoping they pull ahead. I’m sad that Hayou Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises didn’t make the list but I also think it counted for last year’s ballot based on its original Japanese release. I don’t think it’d win against the two aforementioned films, but a Miyazaki film always holds a special place in my heart, especially since this was his final film.
Everyone is talking about Christopher Nolan getting snubbed in the best director category… First off look at those nominees- it looks like a solid ballot. I can’t call it yet as I haven’t seen all the films but I know that they are all heavily buzzed.
I have seen Interstellar and while I give it a 6.5 of 10… that’s due to its visuals and the fact that it does present some sound science as well as keeping a fairly steady pace for a 3 hour run time. However, this is not Nolan’s shining moment and certainly not representative of his strengths; this is due in part to several production decisions but mainly because the types of characters Nolan creates does not mesh well with the overall theme of the movie. For a human driven drama, it feels very robotic with flaccid performances despite a great cast. I am surprised it got a soundtrack nod as it is trying too hard to sound like 2001: A Space Odyssey with its accompaniment.
As for balancing the sound, overall that was well done and one aspect I liked as an explosion in space does not go “boom” like a Michael Bay film. So kudos to Nolan for having good science, now we just need the movie to match the brain power…
Moving on to television; what a great list for both categories. This time around it will be hard to guess at the drama category as it’s the first year since the end of Breaking Bad. Right now I’m putting my money on House of Cards; with wonderful performances and staging the Netflix series really brings it all to the table. While Game of Thrones is good, this season had a few too many plot lines going. that’s not to say it’s a bad season, it was awesome. Two words, Purple wedding.
As for comedy I am excited that a network show has made it into the running. Now if you asked me a couple months ago if I thought Jane the Virgin was going to be worth anyone’s time, I’d sit there and make fun of the flimsy premise of a virgin getting artificially inseminated and ask how that could possibly been seen as comedic. After hearing about it for months through promotions I figured I’d give it a whirl.
While I want to wait to make a full review until the conclusion of the first season, it’s a good show. It’s a comedy that keeps the twists, the drama and all the heart with each episode. The way in which Jane becomes pregnant is actually believable and Gina Rodriguez is fantastic in her lead role and fully deserving of her nomination. I’m really hoping this will beat out the others and bring more good writing back to network. The reason I’m not as on board with Orange is the New Black, while it fully deserves nomination this season is far less comedic and treads on much darker water making it more of a drama than comedy.
I have also not seen most of the mini-series that were nominated, only American Horror Story: Freak Show which has Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates up for nomination, yay. I’m somewhat sad to see that Finn Wittrock did not get nominated for his role as the deranged inbred rich playboy/sociopath, Dandy, but I am sure the other actors are deserving.
Here’s to our nominees, looking forward to the show.
Adam’s Two-Cents: I’m dismayed to see that the SAG and Golden Globe nominees for film are nearly identical. Looks like it’s going to be a boring, and Caucasian, Oscar season. Wish there was some love for Marion Cotillard and Tilda Swinton to spice things up.